District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2016-10-17

CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports grouse hunters finding a few more birds as the leaves are dropping and fishermen on the Rainy River are having some luck. Animal complaints and questions about deer season are coming in more frequently. Enforcement action for the week included transported loaded firearm, no hunting license, and ATV violations.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports continued monitoring of area forest road and public access sites, grouse hunting remains poor, and ATV activity has remained steady. Beaver related complaints continue. Equipment work is on-going.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) spent the week at Camp Ripley for Wildfire Cause and Origin training.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked on-going hunting seasons, invasive species enforcement, attended a meeting in St. Paul, issued various permits, and worked a balsam bough buyer complaint. A hunter recently revoked from small game hunting, was found hunting waterfowl five days after his revocation notification letter had been received. The hunter was cited and the firearm seized. Enforcement action was taken on unplugged gun, driving after revocation, fail to keep balsam buyer records, no burning permit and hunting after revocation.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) continued field training duties with COC. The officers followed up on an aquatic plant violation and assisted St. Louis County deputies with a troubled landowner. Few duck hunters were seen in the area and some of those encountered have resorted to illegal methods including taking from public accesses and using motors on a non-motorized lake. Some trespass issues were investigated and a trapping issue was dealt with. An inexperienced trapper handling beaver issues was educated on some of the laws regarding trapping.

CO Colleen Adam (Ray) worked small game hunters and attended training. Leaves are falling giving hunters better odds, but not an abundance of birds in the game bag. Violations for operating on closed road, loaded firearm in motor vehicle, fail to transfer ownership ATV, operate unregistered ATV, hunting without a license and fail to display registration ATV.

International Falls #2 - vacant.